Friday (12/9) evening, every corner of event space Life Creative (1655 Walnut St.) was teeming with art enthusiasts of varied backgrounds attending the opening night reception, to get a first look, at this year’s Chicago stop of the Harlem Fine Arts Show. As VIP guests entered, greeted by art pieces in different mediums, the first stop was to the Country Financial lounge. There, self-taught Chicago artist, Martha Wade, was creating a live piece which would be awarded to one lucky follower of Country Financial’s Twitter page by using #HFASChi.
When guests weren’t inquiring about Wade’s detailed art process or viewing her other pieces on display, they sipped on complimentary D’Usse cocktails while resting up or chatting with the Country Financial team members in attendance.
The show also included other Chicago- based artists showcasing their work, including Phillip Scott of NYCH Gallery in Pilsen and mouth painter Antonio Davis, to name a few.
The program portion of the evening included remarks from the Harlem Fine Arts Show founder as well as president of the North Shore Illinois Chapter of the Links, Inc., the philanthropic organization partnered with the show. In speaking about their commitment to diversity as well as the importance of art especially HFAS’ showcase of critical contribution to the african american community, financial literacy and supporting the community it serves, Country Financial representative Gwen Shaw addressed guests saying “Art enriches lives and it gives us a new perspective and gives back just like Country gives back.”
Since its inception in 2009, the Harlem Fine Arts Show (HFAS) has become the largest traveling African Diasporic art show in the United States showcasing works of art by artists of color. The commitment to diversity and using the arts to support and empower local communities is a mission shared by Harlem Fine Arts Show (Chicago) sponsor Country Financial.
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This post was sponsored by Country Financial but all opinions are those of SociaLifeChicago.